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How to edit/update a txt file with php

After I've read a lot of similar problems with the edit/update function on a file and none of it worked I would like to ask for some help.

I am trying to edit a .txt document from php. I have tried these things:

  1. This was the last code which I've read here and didn't work.

    $data_to_write = "$_POST[subject]";
    $file_path = "text/" + $row['name'];
    $file_handle = fopen($file_path, 'w'); 
    fwrite($file_handle, $data_to_write);
  2. And this is my previous try:

    $new_contents = "$_POST[subject]\n";
    $path = "text/$row[name]";
    file_put_contents($path, $new_contents);

I hope someone would explain me how to do this the right way. Thank you.

This is all of my code:

$edit = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM text_area WHERE text_id=$_GET[id]");
$row = mysql_fetch_assoc($edit);
$contents = file_get_contents($row['content']);
<form action="" name="form" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="id" value="<?php echo $row['text_id']; ?>" /><br />
<label for="">????????:</label><br />
<input type="text" name="title" style="width:500px;" value="<?php echo $row['subject'] ?>" /><br />
<select name="opt">
<option value="0"></option>

$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM image_area");
while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result))
        echo "<option value=" . $row['path'] . ">" . $row['name'] . "</option>

</select><input type="button" name="sumbitP" value="Choose" onclick="addtext();" /><a href="../image_list.php" target="_blank">Image list</a><br />
<textarea rows="10" cols="50" name="text" id="markItUp"><?php echo $contents ?></textarea><br />
<input type="submit" name="sumbitT" value="Update" />
<input type="reset" value="Reset" />


    if(mysql_query("UPDATE text_area SET title='$_POST[subject]' WHERE text_id ='$_POST[id]'"))

$data_to_write = "" . $_POST['text'];
$file_path = "text/$row[name]";
$file_handle = fopen($file_path, 'w');
fwrite($file_handle, $data_to_write);

        echo '<br><br><p align="center">Everything is ok</p>';
    } else {
        echo '<br><br><p align="center">Everything is not ok</p>' ;

Just to add something which might be useful:
I am getting this error which I can't manage to find an answer for with Google.
Warning: fopen(text/) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Is a directory in

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    • Use ini_set('display_errors', 1); and error_reporting(E_ALL); at the top of your code so that errors are displayed, then you may be able to see why it is not working.
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    • I've set the permissions on the folder to be 777 because I would like to see if it is working or not and still doesn't

You just need to change :

$file_path = "text/" + $row['name'];

to this :

$file_path = "text/" . $row['name'];

The concatenation operator in PHP is . (not +)

And make sure the directory text exists, otherwise its better to check and then write :

$data_to_write = $_POST['subject'];
$file_path = "text/" . $row['name'];

if ( !file_exists("text") )

$file_handle = fopen($file_path, 'w'); 
fwrite($file_handle, $data_to_write);
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    • You are saying that $_POST['subject'] is the path to the document ? Show your complete code, that should help.
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    • Well this errors came up: Warning: fopen(text/) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Is a directory in edit.php on line 120 Warning: fwrite(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in edit.php on line 121 Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in edit.php on line 122
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    • I've just decided to use it so to be easy with the document. I've had subject and content on the database and on the subject is the path to the document so i've decided to try it with a name as well. So what should I do delete that?

You can also open file in append mode using fopen() and put whatever you have at the end like

$path = dirname(__FILE__).'/newfile.txt';
$fp = fopen($path, 'a');
echo 'file is not opend';
fwrite($fp, 'this is simple text written');

Detail is mentioned in TechFlirt File Handling Blog here

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You need to use file_get_contents to get the text of your file.

$file_path= "text/" . $row['name'];
// Open the file to get existing content
$current = file_get_contents($file_path);
// Append a new person to the file

$data_to_write.= $_POST[subject]."\n";
// Write the contents back to the file
file_put_contents($file_path, $data_to_write);

See Documentation

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    • I've define the file_get_content on a previous part of the document so I could get the infomation and diplay in on the textarea

I think the problem may be the first line :

$data_to_write = "$_POST[subject]";

Replace it with the following :

$data_to_write = "" . $_POST['subject'];

And i highly recommand to protect this with hmtlentities or anything else as it's a direct user input.

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